The Chamber of the Northern Poconos honors 2 Green Businesses

SEEDS is a proud co-sponsor of the Chamber of the Northern Poconos Annual Awards dinner, and has been presenting the Green Business Award to those implementing innovative sustainability practices for 7 years now.

This year, 2 winners were selected,  a non-profit winner, The Cooperage Project, and a for-profit winner, Leeward Construction. The selection of these two winners demonstrates how much can be done, and how innovative every company can be.

The Cooperage Project (where the SEEDS office is located) has put sustainability at the fore front of its mission since its inception. The implementation of an industrial pelletizer resulted after extensive research and a desire to heat the community building without the use of fossil fuels. Recently, the Cooperage rooftop was fitted with a solar array that generates 100% of the buildings electricity’s needs. The system was installed and will be maintained by the Clean Energy Co-op (www.cleanenergy.coop) and the Cooperage has along term contract for the electricy generated solely from the sun. The Cooperage also purchases earth friendly cleaning and paper products, has a robust recycling program and sponsors a local farmers market designed to create a larger customer base and revenue for our local farmers.

Leeward Construction also submitted an application with details about extensive recycling efforts plant wide. The oil they use to run the Asphalt Plant is recycled oil. Recycling oil is the separation, collection and recovery of useful materials from manufactures into new products or raw materials. These materials cannot be directly reused and would otherwise be discarded as waste. Some materials are ‘technically” but not economically recyclable. True recycling has not occurred until recycled materials are used in the production of new products.

In 2016, Leeward used approximately 180,000 gallons of recycled oil to run the Asphalt Plant and 6,480 tons of Liquid Asphalt. A lot of the recycled oil they use comes from cruise ships.

Leeward also purchased a “BAGALA” to recycle their Asphalt, the most efficient asphalt recycler in the industry. They have provided interesting details on the process, and can be read by clocking on the link below.

Leeward Construction Green Business Practice Details

SEEDS would like to congratulate both winners!

Green business practices can:

reduce fossil fuels

reduce the use of harmful chemicals

increase customer base

add to employee retention 

save money!

 

Are you the next Green Business Award winner in our area? If you need help making sustainable goals, implementing a “green team” or interested in the rebates and incentives available for energy efficiency/renewable energy, please contact SEEDS @ (570) 245 – 1256; jocelyn@seedsgroup.net.

To read more about the evening, and the other winners, click HERE

 

 

2 Opportunities to see Solar Powered “Oscillation Film Festival” in Honesdale

Love nature and the environment? Love independent films? Love gathering with friends, old and new, and learning more about energy solutions that are shaping our future? Then you can’t miss this unique Film Festival and Solar Workshop – like you have never seen before!

SEEDS, Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support invites everyone to join us in welcoming visiting artists/environmentalists Austin Krause and Jessica Giacobbe of the Oscillation Film Festival  who are presenting 2 screenings of their solarized Film Festival in Honesdale this month. Each event will offer a 1 hour solar workshop that will provide insight on specifically how Oscillation Transia operates on solar energy, and a discussion on the applications of solar energy and a demonstration of their smaller photovoltaic systems. After a break, the evening concludes with a 90 minute film festival. The festival, created to inspire all of us to travel, explore and protect our planet, features 10 short films about travel and the natural environment.

All of the films in Oscillation Transia were hand-selected by Jess Giacobbe, the founder and director of the event, from over 500 submissions by directors around the world. Her artistic vision has guided Oscillation Transia to a 90 minute film screening featuring 10 experimental and documentary short films which showcase the themes of travel, nature, and movement. With films like “We Eat Fish?” about Alaskan Wildlife Preservation and “Love Me Forever” a film about life for Jamaican natives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Event: Saturday October 14th at The Himalayan Institute; 952 Bethany Turnpike; Honesdale, PA

Solar Workshop is from 5 pm – 6 pm. (Behind Main Building on grass near Wellness Center)

Film Screening at 8 pm  (On the sound of Music Hill)

Dinner can be purchased at The Institute.

NOT A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT, See check Facebook for updates:  https://www.facebook.com/oscillationtransiafilmfestival/?ref=br_rs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Event: Tuesday October 17th at Fox Hill Farms: 297 Fox Hill Road; Honesdale, PA

The Solar Workshop is from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. The film screening begins at 7:00 pm.

You can bring a picnic dinner. Please make sure to carry out anything you carry in.

This event can continue rain or shine.

 

Attendees are encouraged to bring warm clothes/blanket; reusable water bottles, as fresh water will be provided; notebook for the solar workshop and to jot down any inspiring thoughts you might have that evening; and your ideas! This is a place for learning and discussion and Oscillation Transia hosts want to hear about your own creative and Eco-conscious practices.

Oscillation Transia Film Festival is a non-profit organization, exploring the intersection of solar energy application and environmental awareness through the art of film. Their goal is to unite a diverse population of Americans by means of a free, open-to-the-public film festival where dreamers and allies of the future can come together to experience and discuss environmental awareness through low-impact outdoor cinema. Powered entirely off of solar energy, Oscillation Transia Film Festival exsits to show what is possible using green energy. For more info: www.oscillationtranisafilmfestival.com; View film trailer at https://www.oscillationtransiafilmfestival.com/featured-films

2 Opportunities to see Solar Powered “Oscillation Film Festival” in Honesdale

Love nature and the environment? Love independent films? Love gathering with friends, old and new, and learning more about energy solutions that are shaping our future? Then you can’t miss this unique Film Festival and Solar Workshop – like you have never seen before!

SEEDS, Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support invites everyone to join us in welcoming visiting artists/environmentalists Austin Krause and Jessica Giacobbe of the Oscillation Film Festival  who are presenting 2 screenings of their solarized Film Festival in Honesdale this month. Each event will offer a 1 hour solar workshop that will provide insight on specifically how Oscillation Transia operates on solar energy, and a discussion on the applications of solar energy and a demonstration of their smaller photovoltaic systems. After a break, the evening concludes with a 90 minute film festival. The festival, created to inspire all of us to travel, explore and protect our planet, features 10 short films about travel and the natural environment.

All of the films in Oscillation Transia were hand-selected by Jess Giacobbe, the founder and director of the event, from over 500 submissions by directors around the world. Her artistic vision has guided Oscillation Transia to a 90 minute film screening featuring 10 experimental and documentary short films which showcase the themes of travel, nature, and movement. With films like “We Eat Fish?” about Alaskan Wildlife Preservation and “Love Me Forever” a film about life for Jamaican natives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Event: Saturday October 14th at The Himalayan Institute; 952 Bethany Turnpike; Honesdale, PA

Solar Workshop is from 5 pm – 6 pm. (Behind Main Building on grass near Wellness Center)

Film Screening at 8 pm  (On the sound of Music Hill)

Dinner can be purchased at The Institute.

NOT A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT, See check Facebook for updates:  https://www.facebook.com/oscillationtransiafilmfestival/?ref=br_rs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Event: Tuesday October 17th at Fox Hill Farms: 297 Fox Hill Road; Honesdale, PA

The Solar Workshop is from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. The film screening begins at 7:00 pm.

You can bring a picnic dinner. Please make sure to carry out anything you carry in.

This event can continue rain or shine.

 

Attendees are encouraged to bring warm clothes/blanket; reusable water bottles, as fresh water will be provided; notebook for the solar workshop and to jot down any inspiring thoughts you might have that evening; and your ideas! This is a place for learning and discussion and Oscillation Transia hosts want to hear about your own creative and Eco-conscious practices.

Oscillation Transia Film Festival is a non-profit organization, exploring the intersection of solar energy application and environmental awareness through the art of film. Their goal is to unite a diverse population of Americans by means of a free, open-to-the-public film festival where dreamers and allies of the future can come together to experience and discuss environmental awareness through low-impact outdoor cinema. Powered entirely off of solar energy, Oscillation Transia Film Festival exsits to show what is possible using green energy. For more info: www.oscillationtranisafilmfestival.com; View film trailer at https://www.oscillationtransiafilmfestival.com/featured-films

2 Opportunities to see Solar Powered “Oscillation Film Festival” in Honesdale

Love nature and the environment? Love independent films? Love gathering with friends, old and new, and learning more about energy solutions that are shaping our future? Then you can’t miss this unique Film Festival and Solar Workshop – like you have never seen before!

SEEDS, Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support invites everyone to join us in welcoming visiting artists/environmentalists Austin Krause and Jessica Giacobbe of the Oscillation Film Festival  who are presenting 2 screenings of their solarized Film Festival in Honesdale this month. Each event will offer a 1 hour solar workshop that will provide insight on specifically how Oscillation Transia operates on solar energy, and a discussion on the applications of solar energy and a demonstration of their smaller photovoltaic systems. After a break, the evening concludes with a 90 minute film festival. The festival, created to inspire all of us to travel, explore and protect our planet, features 10 short films about travel and the natural environment.

All of the films in Oscillation Transia were hand-selected by Jess Giacobbe, the founder and director of the event, from over 500 submissions by directors around the world. Her artistic vision has guided Oscillation Transia to a 90 minute film screening featuring 10 experimental and documentary short films which showcase the themes of travel, nature, and movement. With films like “We Eat Fish?” about Alaskan Wildlife Preservation and “Love Me Forever” a film about life for Jamaican natives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Event: Saturday October 14th at The Himalayan Institute; 952 Bethany Turnpike; Honesdale, PA

Solar Workshop is from 5 pm – 6 pm. (Behind Main Building on grass near Wellness Center)

Film Screening at 8 pm  (On the sound of Music Hill)

Dinner can be purchased at The Institute.

NOT A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT, See check Facebook for updates:  https://www.facebook.com/oscillationtransiafilmfestival/?ref=br_rs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Event: Tuesday October 17th at Fox Hill Farms: 297 Fox Hill Road; Honesdale, PA

The Solar Workshop is from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. The film screening begins at 7:00 pm.

You can bring a picnic dinner. Please make sure to carry out anything you carry in.

This event can continue rain or shine.

 

Attendees are encouraged to bring warm clothes/blanket; reusable water bottles, as fresh water will be provided; notebook for the solar workshop and to jot down any inspiring thoughts you might have that evening; and your ideas! This is a place for learning and discussion and Oscillation Transia hosts want to hear about your own creative and Eco-conscious practices.

Oscillation Transia Film Festival is a non-profit organization, exploring the intersection of solar energy application and environmental awareness through the art of film. Their goal is to unite a diverse population of Americans by means of a free, open-to-the-public film festival where dreamers and allies of the future can come together to experience and discuss environmental awareness through low-impact outdoor cinema. Powered entirely off of solar energy, Oscillation Transia Film Festival exsits to show what is possible using green energy. For more info: www.oscillationtranisafilmfestival.com; View film trailer at https://www.oscillationtransiafilmfestival.com/featured-films

On Tues., Aug 22nd, Sarah Hall-Bagdonas of the Northeast PA Audubon Society, and Ed Perry of the National Wildlife Federation provided a free forum on Native Vs. Invasive species, and how to  increase bird species and pollinators, and decrease mowing.

CLICK HERE to hear an audio recording of the presentation.

 

Here are 2 hand-outs pertinent to the evening’s presentation:


This is an excellent guide to help you determine what to plant:to decrease mowing and increase pollinators and birds

 

 

 

 

Neighborly Natural Landscaping: How to Decrease Mowing and Increase Pollinator and Bird Species
Free Seminar: Tues Aug 22nd @ 7 pm in Honesdale

Ed Perry from the National Wildlife Federation will present  “Neighborly Natural Landscaping: How to decrease mowing and increase pollinators and birds”. Learn ways to reduce the population decline of bird species and pollinators right in your own backyard. Learn what to plant, where to plant and where to get your plants, how to start a meadow, and how all this benefits our waterways.

Did you know running a lawn mower for one hour emits the same amount of carbon pollution as driving a car for one hundred miles?

Sarah Hall-Bagdonas, president of the Northeast PA Audubon Society will discuss native versus invasive species.

Each attendee will also receive a free “Seeds Ball”.

This event is being sponsored by local Wayne/Pike County partners in conservation, SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support), the Northeast PA, Audubon Society, Wayne Conservation District, and Delaware Highlands Conservancy with the National Wildlife Federation.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 22 at 7:00 pm

WHERE:  Park Street Complex, 648 Park Street in Honesdale, near Wayne Memorial Hospital

PRESENTED BY:  The National Wildlife Federation, SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support), the Northeast Audubon Society, the Wayne Conservation District and Delaware Highlands Conservancy.

For more information, visit www.seedsgroup.net or call (570) 245-1256

DO YOU PRACTICE “HYPERMILING”?

No, it’s not an extreme sport (yet) but hypermiling can help you lower your vehicle’s fuel consumption. With more people traveling for summer vacation, a little attention on how you drive can go a long way towards cutting back on fuel usage. Hypermiling means improving fuel mileage in a motor vehicle by adopting certain driving techniques. Let’s explore some here.

Car Maintenance:

  • performing regular vehicle services
  • properly inflating your vehicle’s tires
  • using the proper grade motor oil
  • replacing your car’s air filter

All of the above will help your vehicle perform more efficiently.

Planning:

  • carpooling
  • grouping your trips together and visiting the furthest destination first (a warm engine performs more efficiently),
  • avoiding ethanol gasoline
  • driving during off hours if possible to avoid traffic
  • removing excess weight, roof racks, etc. when not in use
  • parking the car for easy departure rather than driving around for the closest spot

The above are all simple ways to get better gas mileage.

Driving Techniques:

  • use cruise control
  • drive with the windows down when traveling below 55 mph and using air conditioning when traveling above 55 mph (this varies with the type of vehicle you drive)
  • don’t let the vehicle idle when stationary more than 60 seconds
  • anticipate coming to a stop by taking your foot off the gas to slow the vehicle before needing to brake

The above are driving techniques to lower fuel consumption. A technique that is a little trickier to use is the “coasting” method. Similar to anticipating breaking, when traveling down hills, just let the car coast when going down hills (build up enough momentum getting up the hill).

Methods NOT recommended for lower gas consumption:

  • putting the car in neutral while coasting,
  • driving too slowly for traffic conditions
  • “drafting” (when driving, this is also known as “tailgating” – driving too close to the vehicle ahead, especially tractor trailers)

The last three are all potentially dangerous practices and not worth the potential fuel savings.

You can click HERE for more general information, or use Google to find recommendations for your type of vehicle.

Do you have another hypermiling tip? Send it along to us at info@seedsgroup.org and we’ll pass it along. Safe travels!

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Interested in sustainability? Want to know what is happening here in northeastern PA?

Everyone is welcome to the SEEDS Annual Membership Meeting

Tues. night SEPT 26 –

SEEDS Salutes SUSTAINABILITY 

SEEDS annual general membership meeting will be held Tues. Sept 26th at 6 pm at The Cooperage (1st floor) – 1030 Main Street in Honesdale. SEEDS members are encouraged to attend, but the meeting is also open to the general public to learn more about what SEEDS does, and what encouraging projects are happening in our community. Food is available for purchase. Kitchen opens at 5:30 pm.

SEEDS has invited guests to share initiatives that we wanted you to know more about:

  • Wayne Pike Trails and Waterways Alliance representatives will present an update about their grassroots efforts to sustainably develop walking trails along the historic railroad and Lackawaxen River between Honesdale and Hawley. Conceptual designs, including a revitalized Honesdale riverfront, will be shown and any feedback is welcome!” Visit honesdaleriverproject.com for more info.
  • Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC)– whose mission includes conserving farms, forests and waters of the Upper Delaware Region. DHC provides educational events and opportunities to engage the community, and promote a sustainable local economy. Speaker Susan LaCroix, a land protection coordinator will share details on some of their events and initiatives.

Doors and Ant Hill Farms Kitchen open at 5:30. Monique will have vegetarian and gluten free options available in addition to her usual fare.

The meeting starts at 6:00 pm.

Chair, Treasurer, and Executive Director reports and elections will be conducted. In addition we will present our year in review. Invited guest speakers will begin at approximately 6:45. The meeting is expected to end before 8 pm. Last year’s minutes can be reviewed HERE

If you are planning on attending, please click HERE to RSVP so we have a headcount, and can prepare ample food.

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

SEEDS will conduct Cycle Two elections at our annual meeting on Tues. Sept. 26th. Open board positions include: Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary and a board member-at-large position. Each position is for a two year term, with 2 term limits in each position. Please let us know if you, or someone you know, would like to be considered, and submit a short bio by Sept 22nd.

Duties, as defined in our bylaws:

  • The Treasurer shall have the care and custody of all monies belonging to the organization. The Treasurer shall render, at stated periods as determined by the Board, a written account of the finances of the organization which will be included with the minutes of the Board at such meeting. Checks or drafts of the organization must be co-signed by two of three board members so designated by the Board.
  • The Corresponding Secretary shall maintain a list of members of the organization, send out meeting notices to members, and send any correspondence as deemed appropriate by the Board.
  • Board Members at large shall lend their knowledge, energies, and wisdom to the effective management of the organization.

Thank you for considering! If you need any further info about these duties, or SEEDS, please contact Jocelyn Cramer at jocelyn@seedsgroup.net or call (570) 245 – 1256.

If you haven’t already, please click HERE to RSVP for our SEEDS Annual Meeting so we have a headcount, and can prepare ample food.

 

 

Space is limited for FREE assessment this summer… 

click HERE to sign up

SEEDS provides FREE energy assessments for homeowners in Wayne, Lackawanna, and Pike Counties, thanks to continued support from PA’s Department of Environmental Protection and Overlook Foundation and our members and donors. This year, we would like to thank the the Clif Bar Family Foundation for funding enhancements to this program. With their help, we were able to hire and train an additional student!

Home owners will walk the exterior and entire interior with our team of assessors. Home owners are asked to share energy bills to help document the energy savings this program produces. Northeastern PA families are saving tens of thousands of dollars as a result of this program.

 

 

 

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SEEDS Presents Scholarship to Ms. Zoe CykoskySEEDS Chairperson, David Ford, presented the scholarship check to Zoe Cykosky (center). Also pictured l to r: Nancy DeYoung, Jenna Mauder, Emily Rinaldi, Jocelyn Cramer, Kathy Dodge, Mary Anne Carletta and Jack Barnett.

SEEDS Presents Scholarship to Ms. Zoe Cykosky

 

Click HERE to read Essay

 

SEEDS volunteers met with Zoe Cykosky, a recent graduate of Wallenpaupack High School at their board meeting this week, to present her the $1000 Scholarship she won in the SEEDS sustainability essay competition this spring. In a meeting dedicated to getting to know her and her family a bit, Zoe proved to be a deserving winner, with a bright future ahead of her. The SEEDS scholarship was issued in memory of Michael “Jake” Burkhardt who was a student intern with SEEDS two summers ago. Jake was a young, though dedicated, environmentalist who gave much to our community in his short 19 years.

Zoe and others entered their essays on the following: How can the United States promote economic growth and clean energy at the same time?  How can rural communities like northeast Pennsylvania do the same?

Zoe, her mother, father and sister, were invited guests at the SEEDS board meeting, where she was able to learn more about SEEDS and their community work, and where the folks from SEEDS could also meet them, and share input on why her essay was selected. Although Zoe’s essay was thoughtful and well informed, she admitted the question prompted her to research the topic, and she learned a great deal more in the process, thus planting the “SEEDS” for a envisioning a cleaner, greener economy.

Ms. Cykosky will be attending Penn State’s Main Campus this fall, and will be a marketing major.

 

 

 

Martin attended a SEEDS DIY Solar Workshop, then installed it himself

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support) is sponsoring our annual FREE Do-it-Yourself two-night Solar Workshop from 7 to 9 PM on Tuesday June 20th and Wednesday June 21st at the Wayne Conservation District in the Park Street Complex; 648 Park Street in Honesdale, near the Wayne Memorial Hospital. This is the fifth year that SEEDS has offered this workshop, one of our most popular, helping to increase the number of solar systems in our region.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Click HERE to register, or call 570-245-1256.

This hands-on workshop is for anyone interested in learning more about solar energy, especially if you may wish to install your own solar photovoltaic (PV)—electric generating—array.   No experience is necessary attend this workshop, nor is there any obligation to make a solar purchase.

Just come, listen, ask questions and learn why so many people are producing their own electricity!

Manufacturing costs of solar panels have dropped over 50% in the past few years, and installing them yourself makes generating your own power even more affordable. There are still federal tax incentive available and this information will be shared.  Several owners of these systems will be present to talk about their experiences.

NIGHT 1

The first session will include an overview of PV installation, along with the economics, including the cost, payback, and return on investment. Other topics will include evaluation of sites, the mechanics of ordering the equipment, the support available to those who choose to do an installation, and permits and inspection.  A panel, inverter, and racking will be there for demonstration and “hands on” training.

NIGHT 2

The second night’s session will include installation of racking, attaching inverters to panels, installing panels on racking, and interconnecting wiring. Additionally, utility inspections, monitoring systems and renewable energy credits will be discussed.

Presenters include:

  • Blair Buselli – a PA and NY licensed electrician and a NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) solar installer. Blair also serves on the SEEDS Advisory Committee.
  • Jack Barnett – a principal consultant in sustainability, solar, zero net-energy buildings, and telecommunications technologies and strategy; a past chair of a chapter of the American Solar Society, and President of The Clean Energy Co-Op. Jack is also a SEEDS Board Member.

“SEEDS is strongly committed to education about renewable energy, how it can save you money and improve the quality of life in our community,” says Jack Barnett.  “If you want to attend this workshop just to learn more about solar, the economics, or how it works, without investing in a system, that’s fine. And, if you want to take the step to invest in solar, this is definitely a valuable workshop for you.”

 REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Click HERE to register, or call 570-245-1256.

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) is a non-profit organization that promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living in our region. Visit www.seedsgroup.net to join the SEEDS e-newsletter list to be notified of all upcoming free forums.